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April 27th 2009
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ATLAS MOVIE STUDIOATLAS MOVIE STUDIOATLAS MOVIE STUDIO

Do you want our autograph no one else is around.
DAY 9
Oh my goodness. Fran has stiff legs. Bit of shuffling going on. Angie is okay as her pace was a bit more slower.

Today, we travel south for about 4 hours in the private mini van to the Kasbash country of Ait Benhaddou. The drive is filled with ruins of ancient Kasbahs that were once colonial military desert outposts. The scenery is that of austere mountain, wide open spaces, valleys of palm tress and irrigated fields. The homes are mud houses and the people are poor.

We eat lunch in Ouarzazate and get to visit the Atlas Movie studio. Many American and foreign films have be made here. Lawrence of Arabia, Black Hawk Down, Jewel of the Nile, Gladiator, The Passion of Christ, and and currently getting ready to remake the movie Ben-Her and we were able to see a team of horses attached to a chariot out for a test run. It was neat to sets from the China, Eqypt, and Morocco all back to back.

Our last visit for the day was at Ait Benhaddou, which is a world heritage site. This fortified village is made of clay and has been restore thanks to the movie industry that has used it for many films, Lawrence of Arabia , the Jewel of the Nile, Jesus of Nazareth, the Last Temptation of Christ, Kindun, the Mummy, Gladiator and Alexander.

Centuries ago, Ait Benhaddou, on the Mellah River was an important stop for caravans passing through as they carried slat across the Sahara, returning with gold, ivory and slaves. Now only a few families live there. Our guest house is just across the river and we have a very nice view. You had the option of walking across the water or paying to have a mule take you across. We opted for the cool water on our feet. We wander the maze of streets to the top and taking in the various shops of trinkets for sale.

Our host who has been in some of the movies filmed locally presented a cooking demonstration for the traditional tajine. They use only 6 spices: salt, pepper, cumin, saffron, ginger and
the traditional way to cook Cous Cous is very long and takes several steps of mixing with Olive Oil and adding water.
The guest house has a roof top patio that serves as the breakfast area with
A WANABEE ?A WANABEE ?A WANABEE ?

A PHOTO THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN DELETED
a wonderful view of the old fortress. It has been restored thanks to the many movies filmed there.






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DENNIS THE MENANCEDENNIS THE MENANCE
DENNIS THE MENANCE

I AM JUST RESTING IN THE SHADE
BEN HUR RIDES AGAINBEN HUR RIDES AGAIN
BEN HUR RIDES AGAIN

TRAING THE HORSES FOR THE CHARIOT SCENE FOR THE REMAKE OF BEN HUR
RUSSELL CROWE STALKERRUSSELL CROWE STALKER
RUSSELL CROWE STALKER

PARTS OF THE GLADIATOR WERE FILMED HERE
AIT IN SUCH BAD SHAPEAIT IN SUCH BAD SHAPE
AIT IN SUCH BAD SHAPE

THE MOVIES FILMED HERE HAS HELPED WITH THE RESTORATION
A HOUSE OF STRAW-STICKS -MUD AND BRICKSA HOUSE OF STRAW-STICKS -MUD AND BRICKS
A HOUSE OF STRAW-STICKS -MUD AND BRICKS

THE ONLY ENEMY HERE IS THE RAIN
NO SAFETY WORRIES HERE NO SAFETY WORRIES HERE
NO SAFETY WORRIES HERE

DOES OUR TRAVEL INSURANCE COVER FALLS?
AIT BENHADDOUAIT BENHADDOU
AIT BENHADDOU

TAKEN FROM THE ROOF TOP OF OUR GUEST HOUSE ACROSS THE RIVER


29th April 2009

Hold the water....
So, what does happen to those mud houses when it rain? what about when it pours??? Looks beautiful...oh dear, Angie you didn't let fran steal that russel crowe photo did you? Fran, if you took it you will have to scrifice your spare knickers and deorodrant... haha XX
29th April 2009

great pics
You 2 are having way too much fun! I'm enjoying the pictures take care and safe traveling

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